The Mosaic Of Shadows

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Title: Mosaic of Shadows <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Tom Harper <>Publisher: ARROW

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"An epic tale of murder and betrayal, bloodshed and romance. Gripping from the first page, the reader is swept up in this colourful and convincing portrayal of an Emperor and his realm, under seige. Well-researched and cinematic in its imagery, this is a faced-paced and exciting debut" (Ink)

"Harper's...portrayal of the Byzantine city and the intrigues that threaten its destruction is vivid and convincing" (Joan Smith, Sunday Times)

"It’s a world which Harper brings exuberantly to life, clearly revelling in its teeming, tumultuous extravagance" (Yorkshire Post)

From the Author:

Mosaic of Shadows, Knights of the Cross and Siege of Heaven
form a trilogy that follows Demetrios Askiates, a Byzantine Greek, from his
first encounter with the First Crusade at Constantinople through to the
crusade's dramatic climax at Jerusalem. It's one of the great military
adventures of human history, an amazing story; it's also a savagely brutal
affair whose echoes only seem to get louder as they resonate down to the
present.

At a time when the Middle East is as violently contested as ever, it seemed
important to me to look at one of the most famous - or notorious - clashes
between East and West. There are a lot of misconceptions about the First
Crusade at the moment, with everyone from Dan Brown to Osama Bin Laden
muddying the waters. In much the same way as Bernard Cornwell stripped
back the Arthurian legend with his Winter King trilogy, I wanted to take
the Crusade back to its factual origins and portray it as I think it must
have been: desperate, chaotic and bloody.

To find out more about the books, and to contact me directly, please visit
tom-harper.co.uk

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